I ordered the PD4655 last Sunday night, received it in the mail on Wednesday from Amazon for $216 total including shipping/tax. My electrically minded father in law came down today and in about an hour and a half, we had the old fried converter swapped out and the new one in. He had forgotten his voltmeter but all appears well. It will cycle through the charge modes using the override button, I have lights and everything inside works again! He is coming back down tomorrow and we will check the voltage to make sure it is performing as it is supposed to but right now all seems well.....no smoke, no sparks!
Hey ScottG, thanks for the pics and post. So it looks like the PD4655 that I'm looking at comes with its own metal box that should slide right in and is already drilled. I see in your pics that you also got the pendant thingy. Which PD unit did you purchase? The one I got says that I can also use the pendant but have to cut the harness in half and rewire it. Did you do that?
Well, it sounds like most are leaning towards the Progressive Dynamics. Is the install of the PD very simple? I am certainly not an electrician and when taking the old unit out, took good notes and it was a simple uninstall but was planning on putting back in the same unit to simplify the reinstall.
It has been a while since I looked at my notes, but as I recall, all I had was a black and white coming down from panel. I had to disconnect a white from the back of the bank and a black from a ground. Any corrections and assistance on what it takes to reinstall the PD?
Not positive what caused the converter to die, but it has had a rough life. It spent most of its life plugged in 24/7/365 and did that until I bought the unit in 2011. Again it stays plugged in with me all summer. I took it up for a week of archery hunting last year and we ended up with MICE everywhere. I ended up removing 11 of the little monsters before the week was out. It kind of looked like maybe a mouse had peed on the circuit board but I never could figure out how it would have gotten into the box as that thing is sealed up pretty tight. Don't know for sure.
Ok, so my Cedar Creek converter died last fall during the last trip out and I am getting ready to replace the lower unit in the converter. Upon taking it apart to inspect, the circuit board was fried and has moved on to another life. So here's my question......I have found a replacement lower unit for it.....it is a Parallax 7355, so one option to replaced is the 7355R which is the lower unit only. That would be replacing with the exact same lower unit it has in it. From what I can find, another option would be the Progressive Dynamics PD4655. Pricing is not the issue as they are both comparably priced. My question is, which is a better unit? We use our fifth wheel most every weekend all summer long, so it stays plugged in to keep the battery up and the refrigerator cold. Most of our camping is dry with no electrical other than my genset. Any recommendations?